Annual Report

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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY I OFFICE OF TITLE IX

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE ANNUAL REPORT

ACADEMIC YEAR 19-20

Letter from Title IX Coordinator

Dear BGSU Community,

This report highlights the education, programs, and people connected to Title IX during the 2019-2020 academic year. I began my position as Title IX Coordinator in January of 2020 and did not have much time to execute any goals before our nation was faced with unprecedented challenges from COVID-19. Immediately after transitioning to a virtual environment, our team focused on transitioning all of our procedures and communications to an online platform. We were able to quickly streamline many of our services and continue to provide resources to our staff and students.

In addition to navigating through a pandemic, the Department of Education handed down new Title IX legislation. In May of 2020, we were given three months to be in compliance with major changes to Title IX definitions, policies, and procedures. Again, our office pivoted some of our focus and collaborated with Faculty Senate, Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Senate, Administrative Staff Council, Classified Staff Council, Office of the General Counsel, and the Office of the Dean of Students to create a policy and procedures that aligned with the mission and vision of BGSU.

Through all of this adversity, we maintained our commitment to providing our community with support, education, and awareness. While it remains our hope that you never have to utilize the Title IX process, our team is constantly working to better serve those who do. We have strengthened our partnerships across campus and within the community in order to change the campus culture and open up discussions around sexual assault prevention. The Cocoon and the Center for Violence Prevention and Education offer several opportunities for training and other involvement.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at titleix@bgsu.edu

Lakeshia Dowlen's Signature

Lakeshia S. Dowlen, M.A.
Director of Title IX, BGSU
Title IX Coordinator
Division of Diversity and Belonging

Title IX Team

DEPUTIES

Title IX Coordinator
Lakeshia Dowlen
Office of Title IX

Senior Title IX Deputy
Jeremy Zilmer
Office of the Dean of Students

Title IX Deputies - Human Resources
Dr. Lisa Dubose
Keisha Taylor

Title IX Deputies - Education & Training
Dr. Faith DeNardo, Recreation and Wellness
Tom Gorman, College of Health and Human Services
Matt Webb, College of Education and Human Development

Title IX Deputies - Student Intake
Dr. Chet Hesson, Intercollegiate Athletics
Jenn Grulke, Residence Life
Peggy Dennis, Accessibility Services

Title IX Deputies - Student Investigators
Tonya Rider, Office of Title IX
Michael Botts, Office of the Dean of Students
Sarah Jurden, Academic Investment in Mathematics and Science
Dr. Katherine Stygles, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Marcus Sherrell, College of Arts & Sciences

TITLE IX ADVISORY COMMITTEE

*Denotes person only served for one semester

Lakeshia Dowlen
Office of Title IX

Christopher H. Bullins
Office of the Dean of Students

Dr. Faith Ann DeNardo
Recreation & Wellness

Dr. Lisa E. Dubose
Office of Human Resources

Elizabeth Rose Fullenkamp
The Cocoon

Dave Kielmeyer*
Office of Marketing & Brand Strategy

Dr. Joshua D. Lawrie
Residence Life

Amber L. Stark*
Office of Marketing & Brand Strategy

Jacqueline G. Nelson
Office of Marketing & Brand Strategy

Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder
Center for Women, Gender and Equity

Lauren Ann Dial
Graduate student

Tonisha L. Gordon
Office of Multicultural Affairs

Seth Adam Campbell
BGSU Firelands

Breion Evette Hawkins
Graduate student

FRONT LINE ADVISORY GROUP

Cori Pryor
Graduate student

Ericka Findley
Graduate student

Jaclyn Shetterly
Graduate student

Jordyn Dwyer
Graduate student

Ky Wilson
Undergraduate

Tavala Luciow
Graduate student

Christopher Wilson
Undergraduate

Tabetha Violet
Graduate Student

RESPONSE TEAM

Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jeremy Zilmer, Office of the Dean of Students

Student Intake
Danielle Haynes, Office of the Dean of Students
Dr. Chet Hesson, Intercollegiate Athletics
Jenn Grulke, Residence Life
Peggy Dennis, Accessibility Services

Student Investigators
Tonya Rider, Office of Title IX
Michael Botts, Office of the Dean of Students
Sarah Jurden, Academic Investment in Mathematics and Science
Dr. Katherine Stygles, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Marcus Sherrell, College of Arts and Sciences

Coordinator Student Case Management
Danielle Haynes, Office of the Dean of Students

Commissioners/Adjudicators
Dr. Jacob Clemens, Associate Dean of Students
Brian Heilmeier, Associate Dean of Students
Megan Arnold, Assistant Dean of Students
Stacey Allan, Assistant Dean of Students

Appeal Review
Christopher H. Bullins, Dean of Students
Jennifer McCary, Office of Title IX

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT & RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE BOARD

Andy Alt
Academic Affairs

Dr. Joshua D. Lawrie
Residence Life

Dr. Dryw Dworsky
College of Arts and Sciences

Dawn Chong
Student Employment Services

Troy Spikes
Campus Operations

Dr. Maureen Wilson
College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Sandra Faulkner
College of Arts and Sciences

Alexis DeAnda Martinez
TRIO Programs

Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Christina Lunceford
College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Jacob Clemens
Office of the Dean of Students

Brian Heilmeier
Office of the Dean of Students 

Dr. Lesa Lockford
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Susana Peña
College of Arts and Sciences

Lakeshia Dowlen
Office of the Dean of Students

Monique Rosati
Athletics

Cynthia Snodgrass
Career Center

Megan Arnold
Office of the Dean of Students

Stacey Allan
Office of the Dean of Students

Josh Maxwell
Residence Life

Dr. Mike Zickar
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Judy Jackson May
College of Education and Human Development

Creation of the Title IX and Front Line Advisory Groups

On May 1, 2017, former BGSU president Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey appointed a Task Force on Sexual Assault comprised of students, faculty, staff, and a victim advocate to address issues and concerns surrounding sexual assault on our campus.  Dr. Mazey asked the members to review our Title IX and sexual assault policies and procedures, benchmark our efforts against best practices across the country, and provide recommendations to improve our policies, campus culture, and education and prevention efforts. The Task Force completed their work in August 2017 and released a Final Report detailing their recommendations. After review of the recommendations, it was decided that all recommendations would be implemented.

The Task Force Implementation Team was created under Dr. Mazey and with continued support from President Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D. to aid in the execution of the Task Force recommendations made. The Implementation Team completed the recommendations provided in the initial report in December of 2018. However, a team is still necessary to ensure the commitment to the measures that were put in place and in order to continuously improve the work the Office of Title IX does. Because of this need, the Implementation Team was reconstituted

and is now called the Title IX Advisory Committee to assist with Title IX compliance efforts. The Advisory Committee is a group of staff and students that works to provide the University with guidance, evaluate the effectiveness of the current Title IX processes, and look toward the future to identify and deploy new initiatives across the institution with the consideration of the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Title IX Advisory Group.

Students across campus were invited to take part in the Front Line Advisory Group and serve as liaisons between students and the Office of Title IX. They will be working with the Office to provide their recommendations on a range of issues such as campus culture, training and educational programming, and processes concerns. They will also work to identify emerging issues related to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and relationship violence and contribute to the policy review process. The board will ensure that their presence is known on campus by distributing information through various forms of communication throughout the year. The main focus of the Front Line Advisory Group is ensuring that BGSU students are at the forefront of policies and decisions made within the Office of Title IX.

BGSU AND THE COCOON

BGSU and The Cocoon have a continued partnership to provide advocacy services to students through a sexual violence advocate who has an office on campus. The advocate, who is available 20 hours a week, provides support services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence and is available to listen and offer options, provide support during Title IX-related meetings, and empower survivors through their journey of healing. The services are provided at no cost and are completely confidential.

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Post Investigation Process Chart 

Policy
 

Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) prohibits sexual harassment and the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking (as defined by the Clery Act) and reaffirms its commitment to build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment. Toward that end, BGSU issues this statement of policy to inform the campus community of our programs to address sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as well as the procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, when it is reported to a university official.

View Sexual Harrassment Policy


Accommodating Student Pregnancy


BGSU will take reasonable steps to provide pregnant students the opportunity to continue their education with support from faculty and staff. Reasonable academic accommodations will be made available to the extent practicable without lowering academic standards or requiring substantial program alteration. BGSU will   work to make accommodations available in a timely manner once notified of the need.

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BGSU Student Code of Conduct


This Code of Student Conduct is intended to ensure that students and recognized student organizations conduct themselves in accordance with these values by participating in the University environment, which respects differences of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race or color, marital status, ethnicity, religion or creed, ancestry, genetic information, pregnancy, national origin, disability, age, and veteran’s status. This Code creates a set of expectations for student conduct, ensures a fair process for determining responsibility when behavior may have deviated from those expectations and provides appropriate sanctions when a student or recognized student organization has violated the Code of Student Conduct. Every effort will be made to balance the needs and rights of the student or recognized student organization with the welfare of the community as a whole.

View Student Code of Conduct

Training Opportunities

The following groups and platforms were used to train on various topics connected to Title IX and sexual assault awareness and prevention.

  • BGSU Firelands campus staff were trained on Title IX and Clery Act
  • Teachers and guidance counselors in high schools around Ohio were trained on Title IX Compliance for the College Credit Plus Program
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Graduate Assistants
  • Athletics
  • Graduate Student Orientation
  • Residence Life Staff
  • Recreational and Wellness Student Leaders/Employees
  • Residence Hall Staff - Resident Advisors (RAs)
  • SMART Mentors
  • Academic Investment in Mathematics and Science (AIMS) summer bridge students
  • Student Training Online - Everfi Sexual Assault Prevention
  • United Educators EduRisk

Title IX Reports - Human Resources

Calendar Year: January - December

Cases Involving students and employees
  • 2020 = 4 cases
  • 2019 = 26 cases
  • 2018 = 17 cases
  • 2017 = 23 cases
  • 2016 = 10 cases

Sexual Harassment & Prevention Training Resources
 

Main Campus
Department/Organization Contact Number
Accessability Services 419-372-8495
BGSU Police Department 911 or 419-372-2346
Center for Women & Gender Equity 419-372-7227
Counseling Center 419-372-2081
Falcon Health Center 419-372-2271
Impact Solutions (Employee Assistance Program) 800-227-6007
LGBTQ+ Resource Center 419-372-2642
Office of the Dean of Students 419-372-2843
Office of Human Resources 419-372-8421
Office of Multicultural Affairs 419-372-2642
Firelands Campus
Department/Organization Contact Number
Bayshore Counseling Services-Sandusky Office
419-626-9156 (request Intake Office)
Erie County Deputy (Firelands Campus)
911 or 419-372-0709
Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services 800-342-1177 (ext. 5177)
Firelands Office of the Dean 419-372-0710
Office of Residence Life
419-372-2011
Psychological Services Center
419-372-2540
Sexual Violence Program / Cocoon (24/7)
419-372-2642
The Wellness Connection 419-372-9355

Prevention

Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides annual mandatory training to all employees. Additional OHR prevention trainings are available during the year.

EduRisk

EduRisk is an online learning management system that provides trainings. BGSU began its collaboration with EduRisk to provide training in 2016.

This program provides standardized uniform training to employees, providing context, vignettes and quizzes to reinforce understanding and workplace expectations. The EduRisk system allows the University to validate employee completion.

A letter jointly signed by the Chief Human Resources Officer and Provost is sent via email to all employees annually in October. The letter identifies that all employees (faculty, administrative and classified) are required to take the mandatory Title IX and Anti-harassment online trainings each year. 

Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence
2153 Complete

Mosaic: Prevent Discrimination and Harrassment
1524 Complete

Mosaic: Prevent Discrimination and Harrassment for Supervisors
528 Complete

TOTAL COMPLETIONS
4255

Additional online trainings- Impact Solutions: (references Title IX)
Dealing with Violence in the Workplace -
39
Recognizing and Avoiding Burnout

(references Title IX) - 87
Recognizing and Managing Anger

(references Title IX) - 52
Recognizing and Responding to Signals of Violence -
42

TOTAL COMPLETIONS - 220

Professional Development

Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Training – The Office of Human Resources additionally conducts in-person trainings for individuals, departments and senior leadership to bring awareness to the laws, university policies, procedures and workplace expectations.

BGSU Compliance Day – hosted the seventh annual full-day conference, which is open to the campus and the general public, where we invited subject matter experts from the following agencies:

•          Ohio Civil Rights Commission
•          U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
•          Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
•          Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Other trainings include

Implicit bias and sensitivity training
43 Complete

Workplace Etiquette (references harassment prevention)
38 Complete

Managing Disagreement (references harassment prevention and Title IX)
49 Complete

Avoiding Wrong Turns in Your Leadership (references Title IX)
58 Complete

Title IX Essentials (online through Atomic Learning)
146 Complete

Title IX Clery Act and OCR (online through Atomic Learning)
173 Complete

Educator Ethics (online through Atomic Learning)
166 Complete

TOTAL COMPLETIONS
673

Reports and Resources in Student Cases

Breakdown of SMRV Reports

109 Reports for 2019-2020 Academic Year
116 Reports for 2018-2019 Academic Year
98 Total Reports for 2017-2018 Academic Year
52 Total Reports for 2016-2017 Academic Year
33 Total Reports for 2015-2016 Academic Year

Resources and Interim Measures

During the investigation process and following the resolution of an SMRV case, BGSU can connect those involved with a variety of resources. These resources include:

  • Accommodations & Protective Measures for Victims
    - During the investigation, the University may take appropriate interim measures to protect the parties involved. Interim measures can be requested by any involved party, or can be imposed by the university. Such measures may include changes to academic, living, working, or transportation situations/conditions, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement.
  • BGSU Police Department
  • Center for Women and Gender Equity (CWGE)
  • The Cocoon
     
  • Falcon Health Center
  • LGBTQ+ Programs
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • The Office of Residence Life
  • Psychological Services Center
  • Student Legal Services
  • Wellness Connection
  • Wood County Crisis Line
  • Wood County Hospital

Note: The number of reports is not the same as adjudication. Delayed reports have been captured in the year they were reported.

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Prevention Programs

It’s On Us

It’s On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. BG It’s On us is reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. During the 2017-2018 academic year, BG It’s On Us began hosting student-specific meetings in addition to the advisory group meetings that have been in place since the start of the initiative. Several collaborative events and programs took place throughout the year, including Build the Best BG, Tie Dye and Title IX, Denim Day, The Clothesline Project, Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk, and the inaugural What Were You Wearing? event, an exhibit by sexual assault survivors to challenge victim-blaming statements.

The Mustache Campaign

In partnership with the Wellness Connection, the Office of Residence Life developed an awareness campaign called Mustache (must ask) For Consent. The goal of this initiative was to educate the University community about the importance of asking for consent and what consent means. Residence Life utilized campus posters, mirror clings, handouts, condom wallets, staff T-shirts and a robust social media initiative to guarantee student awareness of the campaign.

Step Up Step In

The Step-Up, Step-In initiative is a call to action to BGSU faculty, staff and students to be active bystanders. The initiative encourages people to create a culture of shared respect by stepping up or stepping in when they see a troubling situation. The initiative was originally funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to reduce the risk for and incidence of relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking and sexual harassment. BGSU Recreation and Wellness received a 2019 NIRSA (National Recreational Sports Association) Creative Excellence award for the large format installations across campus featuring the Step Up - Step In messaging. These large format graphics were designed and installed creatively to encourage students and staff to interact with the messaging by physically stepping up or stepping in, showing support for the initiative.

Informed-U

Standing Together Against Sexual Violence and Misconduct (Informed-U) sessions are based on small-group discussions. Informed-U provides the framework for learning, but puts the actual learning experience in the hands of students. Student facilitators are trained to deliver discussion-based learning sessions to groups of six to eight students at a time. While the facilitator manages the process and logistics of the 1.5- to 2-hour sessions, participants take the lead in running it. Participants leave their sessions with a broader perspective and deeper understanding of sexual violence and misconduct, and also with strategies they have worked through together for how they can make a difference. The result is a stronger connection to community and greater commitment to improving campus culture.

Green Dot Training

In June of 2019, several BGSU staff members became trained in the Green Dot College Prevention Strategy. Green Dot is a comprehensive violence prevention program. Its objectives are to decrease the likelihood of (1) dating and domestic violence, (2) stalking, and (3) sexual assault. Staff members will start to implement the program during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The BGSU Title IX Office's annual report outlines data, highlights, and events related to sexual violence and misconduct reporting, processes, policies, and prevention work. You may request reports from recent previous years by contacting BGSU's Title IX Office at titleix@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8476.

Updated: 05/17/2022 10:57AM